With the cross country campaign drawing to a close, Heanor Running Club’s juniors and seniors have been busy in races across the country.
One week on from their confidence-building exploits at the English National XC Championships, Lily Winfield and Emily Deeming were in competition at the London Mini Marathon Trials in Loughborough.
Qualification for the East Midlands team was on the line for the event in the capital next month and Lily continued her great form to take her spot in the U13G side.
Emily ran brilliantly to grab a reserve spot after finishing 12th in the U15G event.
A week later and the juniors put their cross country season to bed at the Inter-Counties Cross Country.
In the Derbyshire colours on Saturday, Lily finished 91st over 3k in the U13G race while Danielle Smith placed 170th in the U15G age category.
James Mee and Stuart King put in solid performances in the green of Nottinghamshire in the senior men’s event, crossing the line 56th and 113th respectively.
Six days before and Stuart took victory in the second edition of the Loughborough University-organised Join the 5000 event.
With the Midland 12 Stage Road Relays fast-approaching and selection still to be finalised, the race offered a great opportunity for the senior men to stake their final claims ahead of team selection.
Stuart and Joe Rainsford both grabbed themselves podium spots, with Stuart winning the race by a clear 15-second margin and Joe finishing third.
Ben O’Connell followed up his solid showing at Wollaton Park with a speedy 17:02 in seventh while the returning pair of Adam Biggs (17:36) and Ben Radbourne (18:03) might still be in the running for “A” team selection.
Paul Harpham clocked 1:30.15 in the Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon while Dale Annable admitted he wasn’t completely satisfied with his result at the Mizuno Reading Half Marathon despite running the third-fastest time of his life.
With the London Marathon now just over three weeks away, preparations were stepped up a notch for Carl Hughes and Rose Leivers at the Ashby 20.
Coming off the back of the Stamford 30k, the pair showed they are on course to reach their targets in the capital as Carl clocked 2:18:05 and Rose 2:48 despite “hitting the wall”. Also in action was Ed Godber (2:32).
At the Colwick parkrun, Rose’s sister Abbie knocked another 20 seconds off her 5k personal best.
Abbie slashed two minutes off her best the previous weekend, and clocked 23:19 to finish third female and 44th overall.